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Connecting to a Higher Love: Connecting
February 24, 2019

Connecting to a Higher Love: Connecting

We finish our series this week on Connecting to a Higher Love. Loving one another is a difficult task. It requires time, energy, and our best effort. How can we maintain the energy to love others? In the sermon, Connecting, we go to 1 John 4:11-21. This passage begins with these words: “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” The word for “ought” means that it is our duty. We understand the duty of love and realize that it is a limited type of love. John wants us to connect to God’s higher love and this is the source of loving others. How can we do this? In order to fully love others and risk being hurt we need this source of strength. These verses help us to find a dynamic connection with God’s love which is able to help us in all of our relationships. As you read 1 John 4:11-21, realize that this love is for you. 1 John 4:11-21 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (NIV)

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